Resources for Researchers and PhD Students
As a researcher you can get overwhelmed by the volume of information that is easily reachable through the Internet. The problem is trying to maintain academic and scientific excellence and efficient working when faced with the tsunami of information. Although modern technology has brought us seemingly infinite information we can also use technology to filter, organise and efficiently work with all that information. Hopefully this practical list of resources will be useful to others performing academic, scientific and industrial research, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The resources in this article may have a UK bias due to the location of the author. To suggest additions to the lists leave a comment below or drop Tek Eye an email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tip: For University researchers do not forget to use the resources provided by your academic institute, especially the library. The University wants you to do well as it means they do well. Your academic institute or research organisation are normally very supportive and have programs in place to help researchers.
List of Resources for Researchers
- Google Scholar
- Microsoft Academic
- Semantic Scholar, computer science and neuroscience papers
- For a specific discipline see List of academic databases and search engines on Wikipedia
- How to search on Google, the Refine web searches options can be useful.
- Peerus, tracking other research.
- Internet Archive, includes the WayBack Machine, see also time travel.
Long established engineering organisations have easy to search archives. Though membership of the organisation through your academic library or personal membership is usually required to read the articles or PDFs:
- IEEE Xplore Digital Library
- ACM Digital Library
- SAE MOBILUS for articles and research on transportation
- IET Library
Other sources for finding research papers and articles include:
- Mendeley references and datasets manager
- RefWorks references manager
- figshare citable data respository
- ShareLaTeX online LaTeX editing, document creation and collaboration.
- Overleaf online LaTeX editing, document creation and collaboration.
- Use PaperRater to spot grammatical errors prior to submission and publishing.
Note: ShareLaTeX and Overleaf have announced plans to merge.
Low Cost Open Access Journals for Paper Publishing
This list of resources is for mainly for STEM researchers looking for low cost Open Access publishing routes. Appearance in this list is not an endorsement, please satisfy yourself that the publication is of sufficient quality for your paper (see the section on Assessing for Research Impact).
- PeerJ provides low cost Open Access publishing with PeerJ for Computer Science and for Life, Bio, Environment and Health Sciences.
- Theory of Computing is an online Open Access journal "dedicated to free global dissemination of research in theoretical computer science".
- The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics (E-JC) is a "fully-refereed electronic journal with very high standards, publishing papers of substantial content and interest in all branches of discrete mathematics, including combinatorics, graph theory, and algorithms for combinatorial problems". E-JC is free for authors and readers.
- The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC) publishes journals that have no APC and are free to view.
- For publishing software developed as part of a research project try The Journal of Open Source Software
Many institutions and early career researchers cannot afford to pay the high Article Processing Charges (APC) of a journal. In some cases paying an APC allows for a paper to be published Open Access, therefore available for free to everyone. Open Access publishing is increasingly required for higher research ratings, as it is seen to be helping spread scientific knowledge, especially to impoverished countries.
Some of the more wealthy institutions have programs available to help pay the APC. Some research projects will allow the research funds to be used for an APC. There are many considerations, MDPI AG have a useful page on Funding of APCs. If you cannot afford to pay the APC then try and find a sponsor who will (e.g. a company associated with the research project). The alternative is to publish without Open Access so that the journal recovers costs by charging for access to the article. See Inderscience as an example of an organisation that provides free publishing for restricted access or Open Access for an APC. If you do not publish under Open Access at least ensure that the terms and conditions allow you to host a version of the paper on your personal website or blog.
Warning: There are publishing organisations that do not adhere to high academic standards, make sure you avoid predatory open access publishing.
To help find a Journal to publish your research as Open Access try:
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (known as ROAD)
- Open Science Directory
- Genamics JournalSeek
- World of Journals or Journals Master List at ICI
To learn more about Open Access:
- open-access.net website
- UNESCO Global Open Access Portal (GOAP)
- Science Europe have a statement on expected Open Access principles
To publish your work as an Open Access book take a look at Open Book Publishers.
General Article Publishing
Your work may also benefit from writing general articles and blog posts. Also try:
Publicising Research and Networking
- ORCiD - A persistent digital identifier for researchers.
- Twitter - Published something? Tweet about it.
- Google Scholar, set up your Google Scholar profile.
- ResearchGate, publish your science and collaborate.
- piirus, for research collaboration.
- Academia.edu, a platform for academics to share research papers.
- Mendeley, Mendeley now supports Groups and Elsevier allows an author profile in Scopus.
- Linkedin, the world leading business networking social media site.
- Stack Overflow, answer questions to build up a score to display your knowledge.
- The Stack Overflow Developer Story is a good way to record your work and project milestones and summarise your achievements.
- Facebook, a popular walled social network.
- Ello, the creatives social network.
Assessing for Research Impact
- Publish or Perish software by Harzing
- The Journal Quality List at Harzing
- Scimago Journal and Country Rank
- Citation Analysis and Impact Factors by the University of British Columbia
- Your institute may have access to Web of Science, inquire at you institute library
Expanding Your Knowledge
- Developing as a researcher, support from Vitae
- MIT OpenCourseWare, need to brush up on a new knowledge area
- Khan Academy, another source of useful courses to expand your knowledge, e.g. improving English grammar or your knowledge on statistics
- Duolingo, learn another language
- The Programming Historian has useful articles for non-programmers who need to process data with digital tools.
Presenting Your Work and Research Achievements
- Coping with Presentation Nerves
- Some TED talks on presenting - How to avoid death By PowerPoint and Giving Presentations Worth Listening To
- 10 Tips for Conference Presentations
- Scienceposters, posters printed on fabric can be carried in hand luggage
- Redcliffe Imaging, another printer of fabric posters
Other Useful Links
- Doing a Systematic quantitative literature review
- patter, Pat Thomson offers useful advice
- Industry Resources at the Society for Scholarly Publishing
- Retraction Watch
- Chairing a Conference
- Crowd.Science, get your research projects funded
- Sort out common mistakes in writing - The Elements of Style, by Strunk and White
- Tips on Thesis Writing
- To find free peer reviewed Open Access books try the Directory of Open Access Books, plus unglue.it has some books by academics.
- An interesting article on archiving the Internet at The New Yorker, The Cobweb, Can the Internet be archived?
- Computer Programming Tools - Free Software Downloads
- For a full list of the articles on Tek Eye see the full site Index
Author:Daniel S. Fowler Published: Updated: